Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation announces scholarship winners

14 students received scholarships

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation received 62 applications for the 14 scholarships; all of which were awarded Thursday, April 20, 2023 at Boulder Ridge Country Club.

Fourteen students in Community High District 155 received scholarships April 20 at the annual GEM (Generous, Enthusiastic and Motivated) Leadership Luncheon in Crystal Lake.

The scholarships were awarded in conjunction with a partnership between the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation board of directors and the school district to create a single application for the 14 scholarships offered by the Chamber Foundation or through one of its business sponsors, according to a news release.

More than 60 applications were submitted, and the applicants were all announced at the luncheon, which also honored Sue Dobbe-Leahy, Ryan Farrell and the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation. More than 160 people were in attendance, and another two Crystal Lake businesses pledged to sponsor a new scholarship for the 2023-24 school year.

The scholarship winners are:

  • Bob Blazier Leadership Scholarship: Angel Reynolds, Grace Moore, Violet Kidd and Kevin Fist
  • Baxter & Woodman: Sam Flynn
  • Good Shepard Hospital: Stephanie Maari, Elena Conglelosi and Nancy Gamora
  • Caldwell Family Law Legacy: Delaney Hausch
  • Ted Orzehoskie State Farm: Madison Ross
  • Crystal Lake Chamber Foundation: Omar Lagunos, Elzaveeta Bulgakova, Maria De Jesus and Amelia Swiecki

For more information about sponsoring a Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation scholarship, email